Michael H. Ranzenhofer's Press releases

Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Genesee County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects; Genesee county to get $275K more, 19 percent year-over-year increase

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS), providing more than $275,000 in additional funding for infrastructure projects in Genesee County.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Erie County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“For the first time in five years, more funding for local road and bridge repair projects will go directly to towns, cities and villages in Erie County.  Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is so important to our economy, while keeping drivers and their passengers safe,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer outlines CHIPS funding for Monroe County

2013-14 State Budget increases funding for road, bridge projects

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that the 2013-14 State Budget will increase funding for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS).

“For the first time in five years, more funding for local road and bridge repair projects will go directly to towns, cities and villages in Monroe County.  Maintaining and improving our infrastructure is so important to our economy, while keeping drivers and their passengers safe,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.

March 25, 2013
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Ranzenhofer backs “Grown in NY” plan

Plan aims to grow agriculture and family farms

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced his support for the “Grown in New York” plan.  The plan would strengthen the State’s $5.2 billion agriculture industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products, improving the bottom lines of family farms, and investing in the future of farming.

March 5, 2013
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Ranzenhofer joins colleagues to unveil Family Tax Relief Act

Restores STAR rebate checks for millions of New Yorkers
Increases tax credits to help struggling middle-class families

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) joined members of the Senate Republican Conference today to unveil the Family Tax Relief Act.  The plan would restore the STAR property tax rebate check program and increase tax breaks that have not kept pace with inflation for more than 25 years.

March 4, 2013
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Monthly Column: It’s time to turn off the lights on energy tax surcharge

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer, State Senator - 61st District

In 2009, the State Budget imposed an energy tax surcharge, known as the two percent utility tax, that has cost each and every ratepayer in New York State $2.5 billion over the last four years.  I voted against this tax surcharge because it hurt businesses, hindered job growth, and took more money away from families and seniors.

February 20, 2013
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Ranzenhofer opposes 2% utility tax extension

Surcharge set to expire March 2014
Executive budget calls for 5-year extension
Businesses, consumers to pay $3 billion more in taxes

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has announced his opposition to a five-year extension of the 18-a surcharge as proposed in the Executive Budget.  The energy tax surcharge is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2014.  

February 11, 2013
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Ranzenhofer gets committee assignments

Joins Finance as new member
Chairs Corporations for second consecutive session
Serves on a total of 8 committees

 

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I – Amherst) has been appointed to serve as Chairman of the Corporations, Authorities and Commissions Committee for another legislative session.

January 29, 2013
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Ranzenhofer honors Daemen President for role in promoting better access to quality healthcare

 

Amherst, NY - In a farewell ceremony to departing Daemen College President Dr. Edwin Clausen, New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer has presented Dr. Clausen with an official pen certificate commemorating a 2012 amendment to New York State law permitting college and university physical therapy faculty to form not-for-profit practices.

The new law was initiated by Daemen and received bipartisan support, carrying it through both houses of the State Legislature in a 164-0 vote as the 2012 Legislative session drew to a close.

January 16, 2013
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Monthly Column: While progress has been made, challenges still remain for Empire State

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As a new year begins, so does another legislation session, and with that, Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his third State of the State address last Wednesday afternoon at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.  While he emphasized the progress of the last two years, there are many remaining challenges ahead for the Empire State. 

The State Legislature has been able to work together– unlike the gridlock and partisanship in Washington, D.C.– to pass two on-time budgets that reduced overall spending, lowered middle-class tax rates to their lowest levels in 58 years, and established Regional Economic Development Councils.  

January 16, 2013
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Statement on State of the State Address

Albany, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R, C, I- Amherst) has issued the following statement in response to Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address: 

“Over the last two years, the State Legislature has been able to work together – unlike the gridlock and partisanship in Washington, D.C.– to pass two on-time budgets that reduced overall spending, lowered middle-class tax rates to the lowest levels in 58 years and realigned investments towards job-creation initiatives, such as ReCharge NY and Regional Economic Development Councils.  Despite our fiscal house being put back in order, difficult choices remain ahead since the State still faces a $1 billion budget gap.  

January 9, 2013
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Ranzenhofer announces investments in local economic projects

Area projects among winners of Regional Economic Development Awards
Seven projects will receive almost $2.4 million in investment
Includes half-million dollars in infrastructure work for STAMP Project

 

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer today announced that seven job-creation projects in the 61st Senate District will receive State funding as part of the second round of Regional Economic Development Council awards.

December 19, 2012
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Monthly Column: Positive actions taken in 2012 to benefit taxpayers, local residents

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

In the past year, the State Legislature has taken a number of important actions and enacted numerous laws to benefit taxpayers all across the State and many local residents in Western New York.  

So, as 2012 draws to a close, I would like to highlight some of the legislative proposals, as well as state and local issues, that I have been focused on during the last 12 months. 

December 19, 2012
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Monthly Column: Burial privileges for murderers loophole closed

By: Michael H. Ranzenhofer

More than three years ago, a horrific tragedy struck a Western New York family when a Tonawanda man murdered his wife in their own home.  It’s a shocking story that just makes your heart sink when you read about it in the newspaper. 

“Husband of slain Tonawanda woman arrested for murder,” read one newspaper headline.  But what wasn’t reported in any articles was another tragedy: a loophole in State health law would allow the murderer the sole rights to his victims’ remains since he had also been the spouse.

November 21, 2012
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New law stops murderers from controlling victims’ remains

Closes loophole in New York State’s public health law

Amherst, N.Y. – State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law domestic violence legislation (S.7638/A.10624) that included his bill (S.4124/A.7594) to close a loophole in the state health law that gave a Western New York man who killed his wife the sole rights to her remains.

October 25, 2012
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State Ophthalmological Society selects Ranzenhofer for 2012 Outstanding Legislator Award

The New York State Ophthalmological Society (NYSOS) has chosen State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer as the recipient of the organization’s 2012 Outstanding Legislator Award.

The annual award acknowledges one State Senator and State Assembly member for utilizing the legislative process to impress upon others the importance of maintaining the highest quality of medical eye care as a means of protecting and promoting the ocular health and safety of their constituents and all New Yorkers. 

October 19, 2012
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Monthly Column: ReChargeNY Program connected to over 27,000 WNY jobs

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

As I mentioned in my September column, New York State’s fiscal house is starting to get back on track, but a lot more is needed to spur private-sector job creation.  Regional Economic Development Councils have made a difference, and the State Senate’s New NY Job Creation plan has the potential to create thousands of jobs.  However, a program aimed at providing low-cost electricity to businesses has helped to create or retain tens of thousands of jobs in our own backyard.

October 17, 2012
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Ranzenhofer organizes car seat safety check

• 3 out of 4 kids’ car seats are not being used correctly• Vehicle crashes: leading cause of death for kids, ages 1 to 12 • Car seats decrease risk of fatality by 71% for infants, 54% for toddlers

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will sponsor a free car seat safety check on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Clarence High School parking lot, 9625 Main Street in Clarence.

September 28, 2012
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Crossing signal time to increase at Route 5, Ross Street

Helping walkers to cross East Main Street more safely

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will be increasing the crosswalk signal time by 20 percent for pedestrians at the intersection of Route 5 and Ross Street in Batavia.

Senator Ranzenhofer requested the NYSDOT conduct a study late last year.

“After receiving complaints that the time allotted by the signal had been too short – especially for residents at a nearby senior housing facility – to walk across a multi-lane road safely, I requested the State Department of Transportation determine essential improvements for the intersection,” said Ranzenhofer.

September 26, 2012
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Monthly Column: New York is starting to get back on track

By Michael H. Ranzenhofer

New York State is starting to get back on track.  Our ongoing efforts – throughout the last two budget cycles – to put the State’s fiscal house back in order have started a turnaround, and it’s getting noticed too. 

First, one of the nation’s top credit agencies, Standard & Poor’s, has boosted its outlook from stable to positive for New York, citing two balanced and on-time budgets in a row, deficit reduction and long-term spending reforms that reined in pension and Medicaid costs.  That’s good news for taxpayers because, similar to individual credit scores, higher ratings mean lower borrowing costs and other expenses. But there is still more good news.

September 19, 2012
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